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Over the years the Association has built up a tremendous library of UK research material, this includes parish register extracts, comprehensive census material for the various census years, calendars of wills, Petty Session, Prison  and Army records etc. It has compiled its own Harmer birth, marriage and death indexes since the inception of registration in 1837 to the present day from the General Register Office indexes. The same indexes have been collected together from the Scottish Registration Service. In addition, HFA has collected over 1,000 certificates for Harmer births, marriages and deaths.

Researchers in our overseas branches have assembled a wealth of similar information on Harmers in their own countries, and happily everyone works well together in pooling and sharing all our information and expertise.


Since the start of the Association’s research an ongoing project has been the assembling of an index of all known Harmers worldwide. This now totals over 37,000 individuals. Many of these have been identified and placed with either the Sussex, Norfolk or Gloucestershire family groups, but some remain a mystery yet to be unravelled. As the internet makes new sources of records available so we continue to add new individuals or add further information to existing records.

The Association is using DNA to further our knowledge of the origins of the Harmer families and currently has over sixty different samples in its project. This work has already proved its’ worth by demonstrating that the Sussex Harmers are a completely separate family from any of the Norfolk or Gloucestershire Families.

Currently we are busy identifying the Harmer families recorded in the recently released English and Welsh 1911 census.